I mentioned previously how mobilising my own sciatic nerve (in my leg) helped with the issues I had in my arm. I was struggling to improve my pull ups due to tingling and a 'weakness' within my arms. (I have put weakness in quotation marks as it appears that it was not an actual weakness but more of a inhibition).
So how does this come about? How could I gain more 'strength' in my arms and stop the tingling from mobilising the nerve in my leg?
Well, firstly I need to point out that my X-Ray specs that I use to see deep within the body are in for repair at the moment so anything I write is theory. But seeing as even research can be biased, theory is as good as anything. It's about throwing some ideas your way and seeing what makes sense to you. Again, as I posted previously, do your own research. I am simply stating what I have seen with my clients (and myself) and gathering together as much information from different sources as I can to explain my findings.
That being said, let's continue....
So let's think of this. My sciatic nerve was tethered down (stuck). When it's stuck it can't slide the way it should. Which means that when I moved my leg my sciatic nerve was being pulled slightly. This pulling of the nerve worries the body. It's afraid that the nerve is going to be injured. And the last thing any of us needs is an injured nerve. And so, the body, being a bit of a hypochondriac, goes into a bit of a panic and restricts the movement within the legs. It believes that if there is restricted movement then I am less likely to injure the nerve.
So how does the body restrict movement? Well, firstly it starts producing pain which stops me from doing things. Secondly it causes a low grade muscle spasms which reduces the range of motion. In this case, my hip extensors (Glutes and hamstrings) were the muscles in spasm. Then, as some of you may recall from my previous post, the Glutes are linked to the shoulder (via a myofascial sling).
So when the Glutes are not working the way they should then this can cause tension through the sling and can impact what is going on in the opposite shoulder. The muscles in the shoulder can then cause further problems such as protracting the scapula (hunching the shoulders forward). This in turn can then cause compression of the nerves in the arms. This compression of the nerves causes the body to panic again, leading to pain and further muscle spasms. And when a muscle is in spasm not only can if not relax fully but it cannot contract to its full potential either, giving the effect of a so called 'weakness'.
Yes we could jump straight to the shoulders. But I did that very same thing for years and years but nothing changed (You'd think I'd get the hint that the shoulders were not the cause after the first year!). But it wasn't until I started using Biomechanic Assessments that I realised just where the problem was actually stemming from.
Now again, this is just a theory of how the link between my sciatic nerve and the issues with my arms has occurred. All I can say with 100% certainty is that after mobilising my sciatic nerve the 'weakness' and tingling in my arms that I felt disappeared.
Now everyone wants to know what exercises I use to get the results that I do. I'm not hiding anything. There are no secrets at all. Which is why you'll find the sciatic nerve mobilisation in the video below. But it doesn't mean that this mobilisation technique will work for you. The key is figuring out where YOUR problem is stemming from. What is YOUR linchpin? Its not always where you think it is.
So if you need a Biomechanics Assessment to find out what is really going on, please get in touch.
Correction....place your hands behind your back NOT your head.
Did you notice me stop to process what I said but then carried on?
Shoot me. I'm human not perfect!